Archive for ‘Quotes’

The Paradox of our Age by the Dalai Lama

I purchased this scroll at least 10 years ago from Project Tibet while on a family vacation to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The scroll contains a writing by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The sentiment is still very relevant.

Dalai Lama Quotes ~ Cotton Canvas Scroll ~ "The Paradox of Our Age" ~ Natural White Color

The scroll is available on if you would like to purchase a copy. It is a nice quality scroll made of cotton with wooden dowels and cloth tassles. The scroll which can be hung by the top ribbon or easily rolled up.

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Big Bend National Park Wildflowers

Big Bend National Park April 2019
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

“Bloom where you are planted.” (Bishop of Geneva, Saint Francis de Sales)

I made a quick trip with friends last week to Big Bend National Park to see the wildflowers. The flowers are especially impressive because the plants appear to be thriving in a very inhospitable environment. This trip was my first time seeing the Ocotillo plants blooming (picture below).

Big Bend National Park, April 2019
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

Appreciating the present

Sunset Station, San Antonio, Texas.
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” Walt Whitman

I walk by this old train station every day without really noticing it. This morning the blue sky, trees leafing out and a new paint job on the building caused me to notice and appreciate the intricate plaster castings on the building. I spend a lot of time thinking about the future and often forget to appreciate the things and people right in front of me.

Sunset Station, built in 1902, stopped functioning as a train station in 1998. The building is now rented out for events.

Front of Sunset Station
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier
West-facing side of Sunset Station.
Photography by Debbie Sultemeier

Yoga Candle

“Prayer is when you talk to God; Meditation is when you listen to God.” by Diana Robinson

I did a relaxing yin yoga class this morning with teacher Cristina at Southtown Yoga Loft and she recited this quote. My prayers are usually requests for something so this quote reminds me to also take time for quiet and gratitude.

I’ve been making personalized soy wax candles for friends and family. This candle for Cristina contains lemongrass essential oil. I infused the soy wax overnight with turmeric root powder for the cheerful yellow color. The square mason jar is from AAA Candle.